MANTENO – A man is dead after a head-on collision on Route 45/52 near Manteno.
According to reports, the crash happened around 9:44 pm Thursday when a 32-year-old Chicago Heights man’s 2010 Black Nissan Altima hit a 2008 Black Saturn Vue of 64-year old Rosalyn King of Elwood. Illinois State Police District 21 says the Altima was headed southbound in a northbound lane on the road near 9000 N Road before striking the Vue head-on.
Following the crash, the Altima became fully engulfed in flames trapping the driver inside. The driver of the Vue came to a rest in a ditch. The man driving the Altima was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. King was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
All lanes out Route 45/52 were shut down shortly after the crash and reopened just before 2 am Friday.